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David W. Moore
American Record Guide, September 2019

The ‘Folk Tale’ by Arnold Bax (1883-1953) is the longest work played here (just over 8 minutes) and is lovely. … The three pieces by Frederick Delius (1862-1934) are also fine.

The effect of this program is thoughtful. There is little dancing to be done, though it is not boring to listen to. Peregrine is from Dublin and in the middle of a promising career, and Ingham seems to have also played cello but then changed his mind. The two work well together, and I have no complaints to make about the recording. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jeremy Dibble
Gramophone, September 2019

Peregrine and Ingham bring a pleasing shape to the premiere recording of the cello version of Elgar’s Romance, Op 62, for bassoon and orchestra…

…Most revealing, however, are the three euphonious short essays of Delius—the Romance (1918) and the Caprice and Elegy (1930), written with Fenby’s assistance. Here the melodious dimension of the composer’s gift (often ignored in favour of his unique harmonic language) is allowed to shine through with special luminosity. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



The Northern Echo, July 2019

Dublin-based cellist Gerald Peregrine and pianist Antony Ingham… join forces in their debut recording for the label. Compelling performances that come highly recommended. © 2019 The Northern Echo



John France
MusicWeb International, June 2019

This excellent CD fills several little gaps in the British musical repertoire for cello and piano. …The committed performances of these pieces, the succinct liner notes and the splendid sound quality and you have an ideal disc for enthusiasts of both cello music and this group of pre-eminent late 19th/early 20th century British composers.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable album that is exceptionally well-played by Gerald Peregrine (cello) and Antony Ingham (piano). The liner notes are concise and informative… © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Mellor
Classic FM, June 2019

This delightful album has given me great pleasure. It’s extremely well played by the Irish cellist Gerald Peregrine, and the English pianist Anthony Ingham, and very well recorded in sessions at Potton Hall, Suffolk in February and July of last year.

With enticing music by Moeran, Bridge, Bax and Delius stirred in, this is a joy from beginning to end. © 2019 Classic FM Read complete review



Records International, June 2019

From Vaughan Williams’ enchanting textures, via Bax and Bridge’s harmonic surprises, to Delius’s return to his roots at the end of his life—this is a rich collection of shimmering gems from composers who were part of a new ‘English Style’ that blended traditional lyricism with wider influences from Europe and Scandinavia. © 2019 Records International



The British Music Society, May 2019

The bold blend of English lyricism, newly influenced at the time by musical styles from Europe and Scandinavia, do in fact make some engaging listening… It would certainly grace any serious collection of British music. © 2019 The British Music Society



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, May 2019

The Elgar Romance is by no means Elgar at his best. It has been recorded before several times for bassoon and orchestra, including by Martin Gatt on CBS LP with Barenboim and by Laurence Perkins on collections lightly dubbed “The Playful Pachyderm” and on LP as “L’Après-Midi d’un Dinosaur”. Strange how often this has been recorded when compared with another and rather better piece (Soliloquy) for oboe and orchestra arranged by Gordon Jacob and played by Leon Goossens. Two of the three Delius pieces come across really well: the bejewelled Caprice and the affecting Romance from the last year of the Great War.

This is a pretty good collection and bodes well for Peregrine and Ingham. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2019

Sixteen tracks of pleasing music usually described as coming from the group of British ‘Pastoral Composers’ working during the first half of the twentieth century. Though the disc’s booklet does not make perfectly clear who was responsible, much of the disc is played by a cello/piano duo, and as such are arrangements of music initially intended for other instruments. Put that to one side, sit back, and enjoy the restful atmosphere of considerable charm. There are also tracks in a sprightly tempo, the concluding piece in Vaughan Williams’s Six Studies being a joyful allegro vivace. Elsewhere we are journeying through the tranquil British countryside. Most are of cameo length often used as recital encores in this part of the world. There are a handful of tracks that are less frequently heard—even in their homeland—and I much welcome the inclusion of Bax’s rhapsodic Folk Tale and Moeran’s Irish Lament, together with the World Premiere Recording of Elgar’s Romance in the composer’s own arrangement for cello and piano. Much travelled, the Irish-born cellist, Gerald Peregrine, produces the ideally rounded tonal quality for this programme, and he receives a very supportive accompaniment from the London based pianist, Antony Ingham. © 2019 David’s Review Corner





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